Fundraising for Charity

Stephen Geri Charity ideasRaising money for a specific cause or charity can be more difficult than you may think – that’s why it’s important to go about fundraising in a creative way. When fundraising is implemented creatively, you can avoid the hassle that comes with boring, repetitive fundraising techniques that most people don’t get too thrilled about. Instead, help people get motivated to donate by engaging in a fun activity within the community. Here are a few ideas of how you can set up a unique fundraiser for a great cause:

First, get the children involved. Let’s face it – people of all ages become inspired when they see young children participating in an event for charity. Whether it’s a dance recital, a play, or a sports event, parents and other donors will undoubtedly be influenced to support their children and help raise money for the cause.

Next, organizing a competition is a great way to raise money for a charity – just make sure you have everything planned out beforehand. There are plenty of options to choose from here – you can host a fashion show, a pie-eating competition, or even a basketball shooting competition in your community that everyone will want to participate in. These types of events not only get people excited to participate in, but they raise the level of community involvement and bring everyone together.

Third, host a dance-a-thon – because who wouldn’t want to go dancing for charity? The way you market this event is key because there are very different types of people for your target audience. You can speak towards couples, dance teams, athletic teams, elderly men and women, and children alike to give them each a different experience to look forward to in order to raise money for a great charity.Stephen Geri fundraising ideas

Lastly, we live in an age where people are aware of the importance of health and fitness, and are increasingly becoming involved with various fitness events – so use one for a fundraiser! Not only will you be supporting a good cause, but people will want to be involved with an event that benefits their own body and brings people together through good health. So, set up a 5K within your town, or host a yoga or zumba fitness class outside in a park – there are plenty of options you can use here, and community member will love it!

For more information on how to start a fundraising for a nonprofit organization, please read this article published on


About ACTS Missions

Stephen Geri ACTS logoACTS Missions is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the word of God among Catholic communities through various retreats around the world. The ACTS values statement reads as follows:

  • Honor God in everything we do
  • Build relationships based on trust & respect
  • With a servant’s heart, maintain integrity & excellence in leadership programs, services and retreats

These values incorporate the heart of a servant leader as well as charisms of the Holy Spirit and working well alongside others.

ACTS Missions aims to unite Catholics across the globe through retreats that have helped men, women, children, teens, Catholics, and non-Catholics, both nationally and internationally through the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God. The Cursillo retreat was the first Mission retreat that began in Spain between WWI and WWII. It’s popularity quickly grew as participants noted the profound effect that spiritual enlightenment has on individuals.

Stephen Geri ACTSThree of the men who were part of the initial spread of the Cursillo retreat into the United States founded ACTS, their names were Ed Courtney, Joe Hayes, and Marty Sablik. The experience these men had as participants of the Cursillo retreat brought them a long-lasting friendship and had ideas to improve the retreat with more relevance toward the parish. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Ed though of the main themes that the Mission should represent: Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, coming up with the name ACTS.

ACTS’ first retreat occurred in 1987 in the San Antonio Archdiocese. Soon, 15 parishes emerged and included the ACTS program. By 1997, ACTS Missions became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and was eligible to maintain the ACTS retreated wherever needed. Larry Lopez and Tony Deosdade started ACTS Missions from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas after having a great experience with their own retreats. Now, ACTS can be found in 22 states in the U.S., along with Mexico, Canada, Honduras, England, and South Africa.

For more information about ACTS Missions, please visit their official website here.


About Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the United State of America advocates strong leadership opportunities for girls growing up. This program is influential in many ways, especially when it comes to advocating for important issues in our society.

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To begin with, Girl Scouts encourages healthy living opportunities for girls. By increasing access to outdoor activities, girls learn from a young age to be connected with nature and to familiarize themselves with outdoor survival skills. In addition to educating young girls about the importance of spending time outside, the program reduces bullying and relational aggression in attempts to promote and create healthy relationship skills.

Girl Scouts also promotes economic opportunities and teaches girls the importance of gender equality. Through activities and educational events, Girl Scouts increases girls’ involvement with engineering, math, technology, and science. It also strengthens girls’ financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills by giving them the confidence that they can learn and excel in everything they do. In addition, Girl Scouts promotes a global voice for all girls by fostering global citizenship and supports a strong nonprofit community and girl scout experience, teaching girls from a young age the importance of helping those in need.

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Girl Scouts was founded by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12th, 1912, when she assembled 18 girls into a meeting. At the meeting, Daisy spoke about her thoughts on how girls should be given the opportunity to develop spiritually, mentally, and physically without being isolated in at-home environments. A few years later, Daisy’s dream became an organization centered around the needs for young girls and is now part of an even larger organization that more than 59 million women in the United States has been a part of.

For more information about the Girl Scouts and why you should donate to this well-established nonprofit organization, check out their official website here and learn more about the history of Girl Scouts.

Donating to Charity

The idea of donations has become a blanket term, a hollow gesture that umbrellas a muddled confusion of what is right and wrong. Some people believe that donating is simply throwing money into a hat. Before we continue I want to establish the fact that donations are not simply based in currency. Donating means contributing, be it our time, our energy, and yes, sometimes even a few of our dollars.

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There is a hesitance when it comes to donating to charity. There is a fear that large corporate organizations will cypher the money given to them, and filter said cash flow straight into their pockets. No one wants to feel like they’ve been played, especially when it comes to doing what they feel is right. Some people believe in a socio-economical darwinism, believe that charitable handouts only weaken the capitalistic agenda. It’s a heavy handed argument, slightly to the right, but even such has its own reasoning.

Although both of these avenues of thought can be explored, and dissected into moral and ethical opinion, we should not let negative instances outweigh the positive outcomes of donating to charity. Donating, and contributing to charitable organizations is a good thing.

Not only does it help the recipients of any given charity, but it also serves as a testament to the compassion of the human spirit. In moments of crisis, and natural disaster, when the unpredictable blows the top off a volcano in chile, or earthquakes ravage a village in Nepal – we are called upon to act. Not giving your time, or energy, or money does not make you a bad person by any means. It doesn’t mean that you lack compassion or that you’re oblivious to the world around you. It is your own choosing. However, the belief that giving to charity is wrong, is a poisonous thought, and an opinion I hope to sway. Especially when one has the privilege, or rather, opportunity, to choose whether or not to donate, the answer is simple. Here are a few benefits that come from charitable donations, be it time or money:

  1. It circulates money into an economy that needs to constantly have it’s revenue cogs turning.
  2. We have the ability, and resources to provide for those less fortunate
  3. Donations are tax-deductible, and benefits a companies image.
  4. Donating is contagious. When one person helps out, it inspires others to do the same.
  5. Even the smallest contributions can make large ripples.
  6. It brings a sense of self importance, and appreciation. It makes us feel good.
  7. It’s a step in the direction of where we want to be. A united people.
  8. It’s in our nature.

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Stephen is very active with community organizations in San Antonio, TX and beyond.  He posts frequently on happenings in the community and ways you can give back so check in again soon!